Deuteronomy 15:16
New International Version
But if your servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,

New Living Translation
“But suppose your servant says, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and he has done well with you.

English Standard Version
But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you,

Berean Study Bible
But if your servant says to you, ‘I do not want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your household and is well off with you,

King James Bible
And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

New King James Version
And if it happens that he says to you, ‘I will not go away from you,’ because he loves you and your house, since he prospers with you,

New American Standard Bible
But it shall come about, if he says to you, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is doing well with you,

NASB 1995
"It shall come about if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;

NASB 1977
“And it shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;

Amplified Bible
Now if the servant says to you, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is doing well with you;

Christian Standard Bible
But if your slave says to you, ‘I don’t want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and is well off with you,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if your slave says to you, 'I don't want to leave you,' because he loves you and your family, and is well off with you,

American Standard Version
And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go out from thee; because he loveth thee and thy house, because he is well with thee;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if he will say to you: “I did not go out from your presence, because I loved you and your household and your people is suitable for me”;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if he should say to thee, I will not go out from thee, because he continues to love thee and thy house, because he is well with thee;

Contemporary English Version
But one of your slaves may say, "I love you and your family, and I would be better off staying with you, so please don't make me leave."

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if he say: I will not depart: because he loveth thee, and thy house, and findeth that he is well with thee:

English Revised Version
And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go out from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

Good News Translation
"But your slave may not want to leave; he may love you and your family and be content to stay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But suppose a male slave says to you, "I don't want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is happy with you.

International Standard Version
"Should that slave say to you, 'I won't leave you,' because he loves you and your household, and it was good for him to be with you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall be, if he say unto thee: 'I will not go out from thee'; because he loveth thee and thy house, because he fareth well with thee;

Literal Standard Version
And it has been, when he says to you, I do not go out from you, because he has loved you and your house, because [it is] good for him with you,

NET Bible
However, if the servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your household, since he is well off with you,

New Heart English Bible
It shall be, if he tells you, "I will not go out from you"; because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you;

World English Bible
It shall be, if he tells you, "I will not go out from you;" because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you;

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, when he saith unto thee, I go not out from thee -- because he hath loved thee, and thy house, because it is good for him with thee --

Additional Translations ...
Context
Release of Hebrew Servants
15Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today. 16 But if your servant says to you, ‘I do not want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your household and is well off with you, 17then take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he will become your servant for life. And treat your maidservant the same way.…

Cross References
Exodus 21:5
But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children; I do not want to go free,'

Exodus 21:6
then his master is to bring him before the judges. And he shall take him to the door or doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he shall serve his master for life.

Deuteronomy 15:15
Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today.

Deuteronomy 15:17
then take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he will become your servant for life. And treat your maidservant the same way.


Treasury of Scripture

And it shall be, if he say to you, I will not go away from you; because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you;

Exodus 21:5,6
And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: …

Psalm 40:6,8
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required…









Verses 16, 17. - It might happen, however, that the slave chose rather to remain with his master than to be manumitted, and in that case he was not to be forced to go free, which would be a hardship to him, but was to be, by a formal process of nailing his ear to the door of his master's house, constituted his slave for life (cf. Exodus 21:5). This was not a painful operation, especially as the servant's ear was probably already pierced for a ring; nor does any infamy appear to have been attached to the bearing of this badge of perpetual servitude. There is no mention here, as in Exodus, of the matter being referred to the judges; and this has led some to suppose that, by the time this later prescription was given, the earlier usage had passed away; but it is more natural to suppose that this usage was so regular and well known that it was needless formally to announce it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But if
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

your servant says
יֹאמַ֣ר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to you,
אֵלֶ֔יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

‘I do not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

want to leave you,’
אֵצֵ֖א (’ê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

because
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

he loves
אֲהֵֽבְךָ֙ (’ă·hê·ḇə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

you
וְאֶת־ (wə·’eṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

and your household
בֵּיתֶ֔ךָ (bê·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

and
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

is well off
ט֥וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2895: To be pleasing or good

with you,
מֵעִמָּ֑ךְ (mê·‘im·māḵ)
Preposition-m | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with


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